Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An exploration of factors that influence student engagement in science
by Fortney, Valerie J., Ed.D., Southern Connecticut State University, 2016, 165; 10228494
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to explore the factors that influence student engagement in science. Increases in student engagement positively correlate to improved student achievement. This study targeted the lack of clarity regarding the relationships between the complexity of instructional objectives, teacher self-efficacy, past achievement, student grade level, and student engagement. This correlational design method uses a quantitative approach that includes observations of student engagement levels and a student self-report survey of engagement, as indicators of student engagement levels. A multiple regression analysis of each measure of student engagement instruments determine the influence of each variable to student engagement. Influencing student engagement would be a valuable tool for educators in designing student intervention and improving student achievement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Madonia, Peter R.
Commitee: Cronin, Robert D., Diffley, William
School: Southern Connecticut State University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Connecticut
Source: DAI-A 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational leadership, Middle School education, Science education
Keywords: Instructional objectives, K-12, Middle school, Rigor, Student achievement, Teacher self-efficacy
Publication Number: 10228494
ISBN: 9781369454437
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